Seattle Sounders FC
2009 season
Match ticket for the Sounders' first game in Major League Soccer
General managerAdrian Hanauer
Head coachSigi Schmid
Major League SoccerWestern Conference: 3rd
Overall: 4th
MLS CupQuarterfinals
U.S. Open CupWinners
Top goalscorerFredy Montero (12)
Highest home attendance66,848 (vs FC Barcelona, August 5, 2009)[1]
MLS: 33,108 (vs FC Dallas, October 24, 2009)
Average home league attendance30,943[2]
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The 2009 season was Seattle Sounders FC's debut in Major League Soccer. The inaugural game was on March 19, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington against the New York Red Bulls. Sounders FC beat the Red Bulls 3–0 in front of a sell-out crowd.

On August 5, 2009, Sounders FC set a stadium and Washington record for most people watching a soccer game against FC Barcelona with an attendance of 66,848.

Background

In a press conference on November 13, 2007, MLS announced the award of an MLS expansion team franchise to Seattle.[3] In 2008, Sounders FC developed the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila and the USL team played most of the 2008 season at the updated facility. At the time, the USL team's management thought that practicing and playing at Starfire could provide more continuity and a smoother transition for those hoping to play for the new MLS franchise.[4]

In early December 2008, Seattle Sounders FC reportedly offered a coaching contract to Sigi Schmid, who led the Los Angeles Galaxy to a MLS Cup in 2002 and the Columbus Crew to a MLS Cup in 2008. However, before Schmid could respond to the contract offer, the ownership of the Columbus Crew filed a tampering complaint with the MLS that put the offer on hold. The Crew's ownership complained that Schmid had communicated with Sounders FC during the 2008 season, despite being denied permission to do so, and that he shared confidential information with Sounders FC after leaving the Crew.[5] The MLS ruled that no tampering occurred, but ordered Sounders FC to financially compensate the Crew before signing Schmid.[6] Sounders FC officially introduced Schmid as their first coach on December 16.[7] Former USL Sounders player and head coach Brian Schmetzer was retained as the top assistant coach, and Tom Dutra was selected as goalkeeper coach.[8][9] Retired Major League Soccer veteran defender Ezra Hendrickson joined the Sounders as an assistant coach in January, 2009.[10] Former MLS player and Everett, Washington, native Chris Henderson was named technical director on January 24, 2008.[11] Joining Henderson in the front office is longtime Seattle Seahawks VP Gary Wright as the senior vice president of business operations.[12] Drew Carey was named the chairman of the Membership Association.[13]

Signings and drafts

Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg was signed as Sounders FC's first Designated Player.
Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg was signed as Sounders FC's first Designated Player.

Seattle Sounders FC was given first negotiation rights to any player that was not drafted in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and joined the USL Sounders for the 2008 season. The team was also allowed to promote as many players from the 2008 USL Sounders squad as they'd chose, as long as the player's rights were not controlled by another team.[14] Seattle Sounders FC officially announced the 2007 USL First Division MVP and former USL Sounder Sébastien Le Toux as its first signing on May 7, 2008.[15] On August 14, 2008, the Sounders announced in a press conference their second signing for the 2009 season, former United States men's national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller, a Washington native.[16] On September 5, 2008, Seattle Sounders FC announced the third signee for the franchise to be Sanna Nyassi from Gambia. Nyassi, a 19-year-old midfielder, was a member of the Gambia U-20 national team at the 2007 FIFA Championship. Sanna's twin brother, Sainey Nyassi, was signed by the Revolution and is a regular starter in MLS this season.[17] On October 28, 2008, it was officially announced that the Sounders had signed Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg using the Designated Player Rule. He signed a two-year contract reported to be worth $2.5 million per season.[18]

Team building continued with the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft and the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In the expansion draft, held on November 26, 2008, Seattle Sounders FC selected the following players from other MLS teams: Nate Jaqua (Houston), Brad Evans (Columbus), Stephen King (Chicago), Jeff Parke (RBNY), James Riley (San Jose), Khano Smith (New England), Jarrod Smith (Toronto FC), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Peter Vagenas (LA Galaxy) and Tyson Wahl (Kansas City).[19] As the 2009 expansion team Sounders FC was given the first pick in each round of the SuperDraft. With the number one pick of the first round of the draft, Seattle Sounders FC selected University of Akron forward Steve Zakuani. As the first picks of the second round (16th overall), third round (31st overall), and fourth round (46th overall), Seattle selected Wake Forest University defender Evan Brown, Azusa Pacific University defender Jared Karkas, and Harvard University midfielder/forward Michael Fucito respectively.[20]

The team lineup was adjusted throughout. Defender Jeff Parke was selected in the expansion draft, and reported for training camp after tryouts with teams in Belgium.[21][22] After training with the club for less than a week, Parke was unable to reach a contract agreement and left to train with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL.[23] FC traded a conditional draft pick to Houston in order to acquire defender Patrick Ianni, who had worked with Seattle's coach Schmid on the under-20 US national team.[24] Seattle also traded allocation money to Toronto FC in exchange for Tyrone Marshall in order to increase their depth on defense.[25] The Sounders also traded away midfielder Khano Smith, another expansion draft selection, to Red Bull New York for allocation money.[26]

Review

Preseason

Seattle's preseason was broken up into four stages. The team started in southern California, then moved back to the Northwest, then to Argentina, and then finished back in Seattle.[27] On February 9, 2009 in their first ever exhibition game, Sounders FC beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1 on a practice field beside The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Fredy Montero, Roger Levesque and Sanna Nyassi all scored goals in the win.[28] The next day, Sounders FC had their second training match in Ventura, California against Chinese club Shandong Luneng. They won 2–0 with both goals provided by midfielder Sanna Nyassi.[29] The following day, February 11, Sounders FC defeated the Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League 6–1 in their third preseason match in three days. Steve Zakuani and Nate Jaqua both scored two goals while Fredy Montero and Roger Levesque added one each.[30] On February 14, Sounders FC experienced their first loss of the preseason falling 3–2 to the San Jose Earthquakes while playing on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Fredy Montero scored both of the Sounders FC goals in the loss.[31]

Following their activities in southern California, Sounders FC's returned to the Pacific Northwest to continue their training. On the evening of February 20, 2009, Sounders FC defeated the University of Portland Pilots 4–1. Nate Jaqua and Kasey Keller received a pregame ovation because they both had played collegiate soccer with the Pilots. Jaqua, along with trialist Jeff Clark, Fredy Montero, and Brad Evans scored goals for Seattle.[32] Two days later, the club played their first preseason match at Qwest Field as they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4–0. Forwards Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero scored two goals apiece.[33]

Next the club traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they continued training and played 4 more preseason matches. Seattle played the first of these matches against Estudiantes de La Plata on February 27, who they lost to 1–3.[34] On February 28, Sounders FC had their first tie of the preseason, 1–1 against CED, a team made up of local free agent players.[34][35] The club defeated Argentine second division opponents Tristán Suárez 5–0. Michael Fucito, Fredy Montero, Brad Evans and Zach Scott and Sebastian Le Toux all scored in the victory.[36] One day later, due to heavy rain, an exhibition match against Gimnasia La Plata was canceled.[37] In the club's final preseason match in Argentina, they faced reserve players of River Plate on March 5. They were held scoreless by River Plate with a final score of 1–0.[38]

After completing training exercises in Argentina, the club returned to Seattle for the remainder of the preseason. On March 9, Designated Player Freddie Ljungberg joined practice for the first time. Ljungberg had missed most of the preseason due to hip surgery he had undergone in December.[39] On March 12, Sounders FC played their final preseason match against the Colorado Rapids of the MLS at Qwest Field. Seattle lost 1–0 on a penalty kick by Colorado's Conor Casey.[40] Seattle finished preseason exhibition play with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.

March

Red Bull New York kick-off to start the 2009 MLS season against Seattle
Red Bull New York kick-off to start the 2009 MLS season against Seattle

Prior to the first game of the season, all 22,000 season ticket packages offered by the team were sold, giving the team the most season ticket holders in Major League Soccer.[41] On March 19, Seattle Sounders FC began their first regular season with a 3–0 win over the New York Red Bulls. Fredy Montero scored the first regular season goal in team history, finishing a movement from Sebastien Le Toux and Osvaldo Alonso in the 12th minute. Montero assisted Brad Evans' goal, and also scored the team's third goal. Kasey Keller, a veteran American goalkeeper who had played his entire career abroad, made his MLS debut at 39 years of age, and made two saves to register the team's first regular season shutout.[42]

On March 24 Seattle signed Kevin Forrest as a Senior Developmental player after he was released by Colorado.[43] On March 28 Sounders FC continued the success of their fast start with a second consecutive home shutout, defeating Real Salt Lake 2–0. Designated player Freddie Ljungberg made his first regular season appearance as a substitute in the 61st minute of play. Nate Jaqua scored in the 17th minute, and Fredy Montero scored his league leading third goal of the season in the 77th minute.[44][45]

March saw Montero winning Player of the Week honors for week 1 and Keller for week 2.[46][47] Montero won Goal of the Week for the first two games and was named the Player of the Month.[48]

April

After their first two victories at home, Sounders FC played their first away game in history against Toronto FC. The Sounders expected a challenging away environment but were victorious were able to win in another 2–0 shutout. Montero missed the match due to illness. Soon after, reports out of Seattle linked Montero to a sexual assault case with an unidentified woman. In a statement made by Sounders publicist, Montero asserted that the allegations stemmed from a disagreement in which he sought to end the relationship.[49] and a police inquiry resulted in no charges being filed.

After winning their first three games, Seattle Sounders FC suffered their first competitive loss at home against the Kansas City Wizards. Kasey Keller was sent off in the 29th minute for a handball outside the 18-yard box, as the Sounders fell 1–0 to the Wizards. The following week they lost at Chivas USA. Chris Eylander was scored on twice while covering the goal during Keller's suspension. The Sounders again failed to score.

The Sounders returned to their winning ways in a 2–0 home win versus the San Jose Earthquakes.

April 28 was the beginning of the team's Open Cup campaign. Schmid asserted that the competition was important and won the first of two qualifying rounds 4–1 against Real Salt Lake.[50] The Sounders have played home games at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The facility is older and smaller than Qwest Field but the Sounders say the atmosphere is better for smaller cup matches.[51]

May

The following 5 weeks the Sounders managed to gain 5 points in the standings as they tied each game. First, a 1–1 tie at the Chicago Fire in which striker Fredy Montero was sent off in the 48th minute for an elbow to the face of Gonzalo Segares while both players went up for a ball in the air.[52] Then another 1–1 tie the next week at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy in which yet another red card was issued, to James Riley this time, in the 57th minute for a "phantom blow" to Mike Magee as the two got into a scrum.[53] Two more away ties followed, first against FC Dallas 1–1 and then another at Colorado, 2–2. Ljungberg missed three games during this period due to migraine headaches.[54] May 31, 2009 Sounders FC then returned home for their 5th consecutive tie in league play, this time 1–1 against the Columbus Crew in which Tyrone Marshal was ejected in the 92nd minute when he threw what the referee believed was a punch at Steven Lenhart in retaliation for an elbow. The Sounders accumulated another three yellow cards throughout the match.[55] Jaqua's goal received Goal of the Week honors.

On May 26, the Sounders qualified for the U.S. Open Cup by defeating the Colorado Rapids 1–0 at Starfire.

June

Seattle started June with a 1–0 loss at Chivas. Their penalty woes continued as Jhon Kennedy Hurtado accumulated his fifth yellow card and Nate Jaqua received two yellow cards resulting in them both being suspended for the next game. After the first 12 games of the season, Sounders FC were in 5th place overall and were tied for the league lead with 5 red card ejections and 6 disciplinary suspensions.

On June 13, in a rematch with San Jose, Sounders FC began a stretch where 4 of their next 5 games would be played in front of their home crowd at Qwest Field. The match was the first to be counted for the supporter sponsored Heritage Cup. Ljungberg and Montero both scored as the Sounders prevailed with a 2–1 victory.

On June 10 Lamar Neagle was signed as a Senior Developmental player on the official roster.[56]

On June 17, the Sounders blew a 3–1 lead to tie against D.C. United by a score of 3–3. The match was the sixth draw in eight regular season matches.[57] They drew again with a goal a piece at New York the following week.

In week 23, the Sounders defeated the Rapids who had been undefeated in the previous eight games. Jaqua set up the first goal by Montero. Jaqua then scored twice off of assists from Montero to end the game 3–0.[58] Jaqua's performance earned Goal of the Week and Player of the Week.

July

On July 1, Sounders FC traveled to Portland and eliminated the Timbers of the USL in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. The game was played in front of an emotionally charged sold-out crowd.[59] Roger Levesque — a player Portland fans have had a particular dislike for – scored Seattle's first goal within the opening minute.[60] The following week, in a quarterfinal match, Sounders FC defeated visiting Kansas City on a penalty kick in the 89th minute by Sebastien Le Toux.[61]

It was announced in early July that the Sounders had signed left-footed Costa Rican defender Leonardo González to help at the left back position. The position had been a weak spot in Seattle's defense and filled by three separate players throughout the season.[62]

On July 11, the Sounders hosted the Houston Dynamo at Qwest Field. Brian Schmetzer filled in for Schmid who was at his son's wedding. Ianni scored his first goal of the season on bicycle kick that would earn him the MLS goal of the Week.[63] On the following Tuesday, the Sounders defeated the Dynamo at Strfire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Houston led when Jaqua scored in the 89th minute. King scored a goal five minutes into extra time, thus sending the Sounders FC to the Open Cup finals against D.C. United.[64]

On July 18, 2009 the Seattle Sounders lost 0–2 in a friendly with Chelsea. All sections of the stadium were open and sold out with a crowd of 65,289 in attendance.[65] The game was the first with the team for Chelsea's new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and their new forward Daniel Sturridge.[citation needed]

Seattle finished July at home with a scoreless draw against Chicago. The Fire went a man down in the 54th minute but Ljungberg was ejected minutes later after protesting a yellow card for what the referee saw as diving in the penalty area.[66]

Keller and Ljungberg were named to the 2009 MLS All-Star Game by votes from fans. Ljungberg lead the MLS in total votes. Hurtado and Montero were later selected for the game held on July 29. Ljungberg missed the final shot in the loss which was decided by penalty kicks. He was later hospitalized due to another migraine.

August

Kasey Keller making a save against Toronto FC
Kasey Keller making a save against Toronto FC

On August 2, the Sounders were shut out 4–0 by last-place San Jose. Riley received a red card in the 39th minute while the Earthquakes scored three times in the second half.[67] Although Seattle had won the previous two matches, San Jose won the Heritage Cup by goal differential since the first game was not included in the supporter created competition.[68]

In the second international friendly of the season the Sounders lost against FC Barcelona 0–4 on August 5. The attendance set the state's record for a soccer match at 66,848. Thierry Henry compared the crowd to those in Europe and called the fans "amazing". Schmid expressed his hope that the fans were not disappointed by the loss and said "I hope they realize they got to watch a great team".[69]

On August 8, Sounders FC received their third straight shutout in regular season play in a 1–0 loss at Salt Lake. Schmidt called it "a silly loss".[70]

At Los Angeles on August 15, Seattle won for the first time on the road since April 4. Along with the Marshall, the match saw the Galaxy's Beckham and Lewis ejected in a two-goal shutout. Zakuani won Goal of the Week for his goal made after a run into the box and cross from Evans.[71]

Seattle lost at New England 1–0. Ljungberg did not travel with the team due to what would be diagnosed as hypoglycemia.[72]

September

See also: 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final

When D.C. United won the US Soccer bidding process to host the tournament's final match,[73] Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer expressed skepticism that D.C.'s bid to host the final had been better than the Seattle bid. He further noted that if Seattle had hosted the match, it likely would have sold out.[74] This prompted a pointed reply from D.C. United president Kevin Payne in which he argued that D.C. United had won the bidding process fairly and that he was offended by Hanauer's comments.[75] On the heels of this public disagreement, D.C. United launched a marketing campaign to sell more tickets to the match which included a web site heralding the club's history of titles as an original MLS franchise, WeWinTrophies.com; an open letter placed in local newspapers declaring that D.C. fans set the standard for support in the league and that Sounders FC and its fans did not think D.C. deserved to host; videos on the team's official blog from local celebrities urging fans to attend and ticket and concession specials for the game.[76] On September 2, 2009 the U.S. Open Cup final was played in Washington D.C.'s RFK Stadium. Sounders FC prevailed 2–1 becoming the second MLS expansion team in league history (Chicago being the first) to win the Cup in their inaugural MLS season.[77]

October

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Significance

Sounders FC recorded the highest average attendance during the 2009 season (regular and overall).[78]
Sounders FC recorded the highest average attendance during the 2009 season (regular and overall).[78]

Match results

  Win   Tie   Loss

Preseason

February 9, 2009 Los Angeles Galaxy United States 1–3 United States Seattle Sounders FC Carson, California
15:00 PST Lewis Goal 2' Report Montero Goal 28' (pen.)
Levesque Goal 84'
Nyassi Goal 90'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
February 10, 2009 Shandong Luneng China 0–2 United States Seattle Sounders FC Ventura, California
16:00 PST Report Nyassi Goal 56', 75' Stadium: Ventura College
February 11, 2009 Ventura County Fusion United States 1–6 United States Seattle Sounders FC Ventura, California
19:00 PST Aghasyan Goal 13' Report Montero Goal 7'
Zakuani Goal 9', 21'
Jaqua Goal 43', 44'
Levesque Goal 83'
Stadium: Ventura College
February 13, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes United States 3–2 United States Seattle Sounders FC San Luis Obispo, California
19:00 PST Johnson Goal 7', 22'
Amarikwa Goal 46'
Report Montero Goal 11', 44' Stadium: Alex G. Spanos Stadium
February 20, 2009 Portland Pilots United States 1–4 United States Seattle Sounders FC Portland, Oregon
19:00 PST Emory Goal 61' Report Jaqua Goal 4'
Ianni Goal 32'
Montero Goal 70' (pen.)
Evans Goal 75'
Stadium: Merlo Field
February 22, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC United States 4–0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Seattle, Washington
12:00 PST Jaqua Goal 37', 39'
Montero Goal 66', 67'
Report Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: None (closed to the public)
February 27, 2009 Estudiantes de La Plata Argentina 1–3 United States Seattle Sounders FC Buenos Aires, Argentina
11:00 UTC-2 Marshall Goal 20' (o.g.) Report Jaqua Goal 46'
Montero Goal 54', 58'
February 28, 2009 CED Rosario Argentina 1–1 United States Seattle Sounders FC Buenos Aires, Argentina
16:00 UTC-2 CED No. 11 Goal 53' (pen.) Report Ferrerya Goal 43'
March 3, 2009 Tristán Suárez Argentina 0–5 United States Seattle Sounders FC Buenos Aires, Argentina
10:30 UTC-2 Report Fucito Goal 25'
Montero Goal 33'
Evans Goal 38'
Scott Goal 43'
Le Toux Goal 89'
March 5, 2009 River Plate Argentina 1–0 United States Seattle Sounders FC Buenos Aires, Argentina
9:30 UTC-2 Lizio Goal 89' Report
March 12, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC United States 0–1 United States Colorado Rapids Seattle, Washington
19:00 PDT Report Casey Goal 38' (pen.) Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: None (closed to the public)

MLS regular season

See also: 2009 Major League Soccer season

March 19, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 3–0 New York Red Bulls Seattle, Washington
18:00 PDT Montero Goal 12' Goal 75'
Alonso Yellow card 13'
Evans Goal 25'
Hurtado Yellow card 32'
Nyassi Yellow card 67'
Report Goldthwaite Yellow card 21' Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,523
Referee: Jair Marrufo
March 28, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 Real Salt Lake Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Jaqua Goal 17'
Alonso Yellow card 21'
Montero Goal 77'
Report Beckerman Yellow card 10'
Morales Yellow card 22'
Olave Yellow card 45'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 28,548
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
April 4, 2009 Toronto FC 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC Toronto, Ontario Canada
15:00 EDT Brennan Yellow card 44'
Cronin Yellow card 51'
Report Ljungberg Goal 15'
Hurtado Yellow card 29'
Zakuani Goal 45'
Riley Yellow card 61'
Scott Yellow card 86'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 20,658
Referee: Mark Geiger
April 11, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0–1 Kansas City Wizards Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Evans Yellow card 4'
Keller Red card 29'
Report Jewsbury Yellow card 4'
Kraus Yellow card 71'
Arnaud Goal 80'
Hartman Yellow card 91'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 28,746
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
April 18, 2009 Chivas USA 2–0 Seattle Sounders FC Carson, California
19:30 PDT Lillingston Yellow card 20'
Riley Goal 32' (o.g.)
Chijindu Goal 84'
Trujillo Yellow card 86'
Report Scott Yellow card 45'
Montero Yellow card 47'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 15,463
Referee: Alex Prus
April 25, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 San Jose Earthquakes Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Alonso Yellow card 30'
Zakuani Goal 42'
Evans Goal 50'
Report Convey Yellow card 4'
Garcia Yellow card 41'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 28,838
Referee: Kevin Stott
May 2, 2009 Chicago Fire 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC Bridgeview, Illinois
19:30 CDT Soumare Yellow card 55'
Pappa Goal 68'
Rolfe Yellow card 95+'
Report Marshall Yellow card 1' Goal 74'
Montero Red card 48'
Riley Yellow card 95+'
Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 10,288
Referee: Jasen Anno
May 10, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 1–1 Los Angeles Galaxy Seattle, Washington
12:00 PDT Le Toux Goal 22'
Evans Yellow card 45'
Riley Yellow card 57' Red card 57'
Ljungberg Yellow card 58'
Jaqua Yellow card 80'
Report Gordon Yellow card 32' Goal 35'
Magee Yellow card 59'
Sanneh Yellow card 61'
Miglioranzi Yellow card 83'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 29,025
Referee: Tim Weyland
May 16, 2009 FC Dallas 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC Frisco, Texas
19:30 CDT Rocha Yellow card 20' Goal 48+'
Saragosa Yellow card 75'
Guarda Yellow card 80'
Report Hurtado Goal 18'
Zakuani Yellow card 48+'
Marshall Yellow card 64'
Stadium: Pizza Hut Park
Attendance: 8,247
Referee: Terry Vaughn
May 23, 2009 Colorado Rapids 2–2 Seattle Sounders FC Commerce City, Colorado
19:30 MDT Clark Goal 26'
Casey Goal 47'
Ihemelu Yellow card 67'
Report Montero Goal 17'
Jaqua Yellow card 28' Goal 76'
Hurtado Yellow card 57'
Vagenas Yellow card 61'
Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 16,528
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
May 30, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 1–1 Columbus Crew Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Vagenas Yellow card 37'
Jaqua Goal 58'
Hurtado Yellow card 68'
Ljungberg Yellow card 89'
Marshall Red card 92+'
Report Moreno Goal 12'
Schelotto Yellow card 73'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 29,126
Referee: Michael Kennedy
June 6, 2009 Chivas USA 1–0 Seattle Sounders FC Carson, California
19:30 PDT Lillingston Yellow card 26' Goal 38'
Trujillo Yellow card 90'
Report Ianni Yellow card 48'
Jaqua Yellow card 54' Yellow-red card 88'
Hurtado Yellow card 81'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 13,117
Referee: Kevin Stott
June 13, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 San Jose Earthquakes Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Ljungberg Goal 42' Yellow card 94+'
Evans Yellow card 43'
Montero Goal 59' Yellow card 74'
Report Pitchkolan Yellow card 16'
Corrales Yellow card 34'
Ribeiro Yellow card 50'
Huckerby Goal 68'
Wondolowski Yellow card 92+'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 28,999
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
June 17, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 3–3 D.C. United Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Alonso Goal 38'
Burch Goal 45' (o.g.)
Montero Goal 57'
Report Pontius Goal 34'
Gomez Goal 63'
Jakovic Yellow card 84'
Marshall Goal 87' (o.g.)
Namoff Yellow card 92+'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 29,104
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
June 20, 2009 New York Red Bulls 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC East Rutherford, New Jersey
19:30 EDT Kandji Yellow card 11'
Goldthwaite Yellow card 36'
Angel Goal 40'
Report Montero Goal 48+'
Marshall Yellow card 83'
Stadium: Giants Stadium
Attendance: 14,313
Referee: Paul Ward
June 28, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 3–0 Colorado Rapids Seattle, Washington
13:00 PDT Ljungberg Yellow card 19'
Montero Goal 23'
Jaqua Goal 48' Goal 68'
Evans Yellow card 71'
Report Ihemelu Yellow card 17'
Mastroeni Yellow card 29'
Palguta Yellow card 41'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,526
Referee: Alex Prus
July 11, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 Houston Dynamo Seattle, Washington
13:00 PDT Montero Goal 32'
Hurtado Yellow card 43'
Ianni Goal 46'
Vagenas Yellow card 64'
Wahl Yellow card 66'
Report Davis Goal 12'
Waibel Yellow card 71'
Kamara Yellow card 90'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,404
Referee: Mark Geiger
July 25, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0–0 Chicago Fire Seattle, Washington
12:00 PDT Hurtado Yellow card 28'
Ianni Yellow card 57'
Ljungberg Yellow card 59' Yellow-red card 59'
Report Segares Yellow card 39'
Thorrington Yellow card 40' Yellow-red card 54'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,405
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
August 2, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4–0 Seattle Sounders FC Santa Clara, California
12:00 PDT Alonso Goal 2' (o.g.)
Hernandez Yellow card 27'
Huckerby Yellow card 37' Goal 78'
Glen Goal 54'
Wondolowski Goal 84' Yellow card 85'
Report Ianni Yellow card 22'
Riley Red card 33'
Montero Yellow card 35'
Stadium: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 9,919
Referee: Paul Ward
August 8, 2009 Real Salt Lake 1–0 Seattle Sounders FC Sandy, Utah
19:00 MDT Mathis Yellow card 11'
Findley Goal 62'
Beckerman Yellow card 65'
Report Hurtado Yellow card 76' Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Attendance: 14,193
Referee: Kevin Stott
August 15, 2009 Los Angeles Galaxy 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC Carson, California
20:00 PDT DeLaGarza Yellow card 14'
Beckham Red card 17'
Lewis Red card 79'
Kirovski Yellow card 94+'
Report Zakuani Goal 22'
Montero Goal 54' Yellow card 81'
Marshall Yellow card 65' Yellow-red card 76'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 20,162
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
August 20, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0–1 New England Revolution Seattle, Washington
19:00 PDT Gonzalez Yellow card 40'
Montero Yellow card 54'
Nyassi Yellow card 86'
Report Joseph Goal 21'
Ralston Yellow card 43'
Jankauskas Yellow card 47+'
Heaps Yellow card 49+'
Reis Yellow card 65'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,705
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
August 23, 2009 Houston Dynamo 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC Houston, Texas
19:30 CDT Boswell Yellow card 19'
Cameron Goal 36'
Report Levesque Yellow card 13'
Jaqua Goal 70'
Stadium: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 17,063
Referee: Alex Prus
August 29, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0–0 Toronto FC Seattle, Washington
13:00 PDT Ljungberg Yellow card 73' Report Attakora Yellow card 41'
Gomez Yellow card 67'
De Rosario Yellow card 67'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,679
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
September 12, 2009 D.C. United 1–2 Seattle Sounders FC Washington, D.C. USA
19:30 EDT Wallace Goal 54' Yellow card 57'
Quaranta Yellow card 62'
John Yellow card 93+'
Report Zakuani Goal 5'
Montero Goal 84'
Stadium: RFK Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 19,592
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
September 19, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 0–0 Chivas USA Seattle, Washington
12:00 PDT Alonso Yellow card 40'
Marshall Yellow card 78'
Jaqua Yellow card 86'
Report Jazic Yellow card 34'
Nagamura Yellow card 43'
Saragosa Red card 71'
Trujillo Yellow card 76'
Santos Yellow card 77'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 32,719
Referee: Terry Vaughn
September 26, 2009 New England Revolution 2–1 Seattle Sounders FC Foxborough, Massachusetts
19:30 EDT Joseph Goal 51' (pen.) Goal 87' Report Montero Goal 5'
Jaqua Yellow card 92+'
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 15,961
Referee: Steven DePiero
October 3, 2009 Columbus Crew 0–1 Seattle Sounders FC Columbus, Ohio
19:30 EDT Moreno Yellow card 55'
O'Rourke Yellow card 65'
Lenhart Yellow card 95+'
Report Levesque Goal 36'
Marshall Yellow card 84'
Stadium: Columbus Crew Stadium
Attendance: 14,372
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
October 17, 2009 Kansas City Wizards 2–3 Seattle Sounders FC Kansas City, Kansas
19:30 CDT Hercegfalvi Goal 51'
Wolff Goal 53'
Report Marshall Goal 27'
Vagenas Yellow card 45'
Levesque Goal 69'
Jaqua Goal 76'
Stadium: CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Attendance: 10,135
Referee: Mark Geiger
October 24, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 FC Dallas Seattle, Washington
19:30 PDT Alonso Yellow card 57'
Evans Yellow card 60' Goal 84'
Jaqua Goal 61'
Report Harris Goal 14' Yellow card 38'
Pearce Yellow card 26'
Ihemelu Yellow card 70'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 33,108
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

MLS playoffs

See also: 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs

October 29, 2009 Conf. Semifinals Seattle Sounders FC 0–0 Houston Dynamo Seattle, Washington
19:00 PDT Montero Yellow card 16'
Alonso Yellow card 64'
Evans Yellow card 68'
Report Onstad Yellow card 16'
Mullan Yellow card 71'
Chabala Yellow card 75'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 35,807
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
November 8, 2009 Conf. Semifinals Houston Dynamo 1–0 (a.e.t.)
(1–0 agg.)
Seattle Sounders FC Houston, Texas
15:00 CST Chabala Yellow card 44'
Cameron Yellow card 94+'
Ching Goal 96'
Report Marshall Yellow card 24'
Riley Red card 120'
Ljungberg Yellow card 121'
Stadium: Robertson Stadium
Attendance: 27,465
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

U.S. Open Cup

See also: 2009 U.S. Open Cup

April 28, 2009 Qualification Seattle Sounders FC 4–1 Real Salt Lake Tukwila, Washington
19:00 PDT Ianni Yellow card 20'
Le Toux Goal 25' (pen.) Goal 55'
Nyassi Goal 27' Yellow card 71'
King Goal 53'
Report Johnson Goal 32'
Olave Yellow card 41'
Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 3,890
May 26, 2009 Qualification Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Colorado Rapids Tukwila, Washington
19:00 PDT Forrest Goal 62' Report Harvey Yellow card 78' Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 4,007
Referee: Tony Russo
July 1, 2009 Third round Portland Timbers (USL-1) 1–2 Seattle Sounders FC Portland, Oregon
19:00 PDT Hayes Yellow card 26'
Mandjou Goal 43'
McManus Yellow card 61'
Report Ianni Yellow card 5'
Levesque Goal 1'
King Goal 26'
Nyassi Yellow card 59'
Riley Yellow card 93+'
Stadium: PGE Park
Attendance: 16,382
Referee: Yeder Reyes
July 7, 2009 Quarterfinals Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Kansas City Wizards Tukwila, Washington
19:00 PDT Montero Yellow card 79'
Le Toux Goal 89' (pen.)
Report Hirsig Yellow card 76' Red card 92+' Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 4,352
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
July 21, 2009 Semifinals Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 (a.e.t.) Houston Dynamo Tukwila, Washington
19:00 PDT Jaqua Yellow card 62'
Hurtado Yellow card 67' Yellow-red card 110'
Marshall Yellow card 80'
Jaqua Goal 89'
King Goal 95'
Report James Yellow card 30'
Boswell Yellow card 30'
Akinbiyi Goal 32'
Davis Yellow card 43'
Mullan Yellow card 70'
Chabala Yellow card 90'
Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 4,895
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
September 2, 2009 Final D. C. United 1–2 Seattle Sounders FC Washington, D.C.
19:30 EDT Wicks Red card 69'
Simms Goal 89'
Report Ianni Yellow card 25'
Gonzalez Yellow card 49'
Montero Goal 67'
Vagenas Yellow card 79'
Levesque Goal 86'
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 17,329
Referee: Alex Prus

Friendlies

July 18, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC United States 0–2 England Chelsea Seattle, Washington
Report Sturridge Goal 12'
Lampard Goal 35' Yellow card 91+'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 65,289
Referee: Carlos Vences
August 5, 2009 Seattle Sounders FC United States 0–4 Spain FC Barcelona Seattle, Washington
Fucito Yellow card 83' Report Messi Goal 21' Goal 41'
Busquets Yellow card 31'
Jeffrén Goal 75'
Pedro Goal 89'
Stadium: Qwest Field
Attendance: 66,848
Referee: Mark Geiger

Competitions

Standings

Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
2 Houston Dynamo 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
3 Seattle Sounders FC 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
4 Chivas USA 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
5 Real Salt Lake 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
6 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
7 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
8 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)
Overall
Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Columbus Crew (SS, E1) 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10 49 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 LA Galaxy (W1) 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5 48 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
3 Houston Dynamo 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10 48 2010 North American SuperLiga 3
4 Seattle Sounders FC 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9 47 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
5 Chicago Fire 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5 45 2010 North American SuperLiga 3
6 Chivas USA 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3 45
7 New England Revolution 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4 42
8 Real Salt Lake 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8 40 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
9 Colorado Rapids 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4 40
10 D.C. United 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1 40
11 FC Dallas 30 11 13 6 50 47 +3 39
12 Toronto FC 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9 39 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 1
13 Kansas City Wizards 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9 33
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14 30
15 New York Red Bulls 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20 21
Source:[citation needed]

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion

Summary

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 47 12 7 11 38 29  +9 7 2 6 21 10  +11 5 5 5 17 19  −2

Last updated: October 24, 2009
Source: MLSNet.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
GroundHHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHHHAAAHAHAHAAAH
ResultWWWLLWTTTTTLWTTWWTLLWLTTWTLWWW
Conference111222222233333322242343335443
Overall111222222345544323464565556554
Updated to match(es) played on October 25, 2009. Source: MLS Results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Squad

Statistics are from all MLS matches. Ages are as of March 19, 2009 (the date of their season opener).

Source: MLSNet.com Sounders FC Stats. Last updated: October 4, 2009.

Nat No Player Age Pos Starts Apps G A Yellow card Red card Acquired
 USA 2 FucitoMike Fucito 19850420 (1985-03-29)March 29, 1985 (aged 23) FW 0 0 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
 USA 3 EvansBrad Evans 19850420 (1985-04-20)April 20, 1985 (aged 23) MF 23 25 2 2 4 0 Expansion Draft
 USA 4 IanniPatrick Ianni 19850615 (1985-06-15)June 15, 1985 (aged 23) DF 10 17 1 2 3 0 Trade
 USA 5 WahlTyson Wahl 19840223 (1984-02-23)February 23, 1984 (aged 25) DF 9 11 0 0 1 0 Expansion Draft
 CUB 6 AlonsoOsvaldo Alonso 19851111 (1985-11-11)November 11, 1985 (aged 23) MF 24 25 1 3 4 0 Signed
 USA 7 RileyJames Riley 19821027 (1982-10-27)October 27, 1982 (aged 26) DF 26 26 0 4 3 2 Expansion Draft
 USA 8 VagenasPeter Vagenas 19780206 (1978-02-06)February 6, 1978 (aged 31) MF 8 13 0 2 3 0 Expansion Draft
 FRA 9 Le TouxSébastien Le Toux 19840120 (1984-01-20)January 20, 1984 (aged 25) FW 15 26 1 3 0 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 SWE 10 LjungbergFreddie Ljungberg 19770416 (1977-04-16)April 16, 1977 (aged 31) MF 19 20 2 5 6 1 Signed Designated Player
 COD 11 ZakuaniSteve Zakuani 19880209 (1988-02-09)February 9, 1988 (aged 21) FW 22 27 4 4 1 0 SuperDraft
 USA 12 SturgisNathan Sturgis 19870706 (1987-07-06)July 6, 1987 (aged 21) DF 5 9 0 0 0 0 Expansion Draft
 JAM 14 MarshallTyrone Marshall 19741112 (1974-11-12)November 12, 1974 (aged 34) DF 23 24 1 1 6 2 Trade
 USA 15 KingStephen King 19860306 (1986-03-06)March 6, 1986 (aged 23) MF 3 10 0 0 0 0 Expansion Draft
 USA 16 BrownEvan Brown 19870501 (1987-05-01)May 1, 1987 (aged 21) DF 0 0 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
 COL 17 MonteroFredy Montero 19870726 (1987-07-26)July 26, 1987 (aged 21) FW 25 25 12 6 5 1 Signed On Loan
 USA 18 KellerKasey Keller 19691129 (1969-11-29)November 29, 1969 (aged 39) GK 27 27 0 0 0 1 Signed
 CRC 19 GonzálezLeonardo González 19801121 (1980-11-21)November 21, 1980 (aged 28) DF 9 9 0 0 1 0 Signed
 USA 20 ScottZach Scott 19800702 (1980-07-02)July 2, 1980 (aged 28) DF 6 9 0 0 2 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 USA 21 JaquaNate Jaqua 19811028 (1981-10-28)October 28, 1981 (aged 27) FW 25 26 7 7 6 1 Expansion Draft
 GAM 23 NyassiSanna Nyassi 19890131 (1989-01-31)January 31, 1989 (aged 20) MF 2 14 0 0 2 0 Signed
 USA 24 LevesqueRoger Levesque 19810122 (1981-01-22)January 22, 1981 (aged 28) FW 2 12 1 0 1 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 Puerto Rico 26 GrahamTaylor Graham 19800603 (1980-06-03)June 3, 1980 (aged 28) DF 0 0 0 0 0 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 COL 34 HurtadoJhon Kennedy Hurtado 19840516 (1984-05-16)May 16, 1984 (aged 24) DF 24 25 1 1 8 0 Signed
33 40 56 8

Goalkeepers

Nat No Player Age Starts Apps GA GAA CS Acquired
 USA 1 EylanderChris Eylander 19840314 (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 37) 1 1 2 2 0 Signed from USL Sounders
 USA 18 KellerKasey Keller 19691129 (1969-11-29) November 29, 1969 (age 52) 27 27 23 0.87 10 Signed
 USA 22 DragavonBen Dragavon 19831231 (1983-12-31) December 31, 1983 (age 38) 0 1 1 1.53 0 MLS goalkeeper pool[84]
 PUR 28 BossTerry Boss 19840314 (1981-09-01) September 1, 1981 (age 40) 0 0 0 0 0 Signed
26 0.93 10

Transfers

In

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW United States USA Kevin Forrest (from Colorado Rapids, Free[43])
27 MF United States USA Lamar Neagle (Free[56])
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 GK Puerto Rico PUR Terry Boss (Free)
19 DF Costa Rica CRC Leonardo González (from Liberia Mia, Free[62])

Out

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF United States USA Jeff Parke (to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Free[23])
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW United States USA Kevin Forrest (Released on waivers)
13 FW New Zealand NZL Jarrod Smith (Released on waivers)

Recognition

MLS All-Stars

See also: 2009 MLS All-Star Game

U.S. Open Cup

MLS Player of the Week

See also: 2009 MLS Players of the Week

MLS Player of the Month

See also: 2009 MLS Players of the Month

MLS Goal of the Week

See also: 2009 MLS Goals of the Week

MLS Save of the Week

See also: 2009 MLS Saves of the Week

Golden scarf recipients

Before each home game, Sounders FC honors a member of the community or special guest with a Golden Scarf.

Date Opponent Recipient Notes
March 19, 2009 New York Red Bulls Don Garber[88] MLS Commissioner
March 28, 2009 Real Salt Lake Jimmy Gabriel[89] NASL Sounders legend
April 11, 2009 Kansas City Wizards Robbie Bach[90] Microsoft executive
April 24, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes Jimmy McAlister[91] NASL Sounders legend
May 10, 2009 Los Angeles Galaxy Meredith Teague 2009 NCAA Div II soccer National Player of the Year
May 31, 2009 Columbus Crew Jim Mora[92] Seahawks head coach
June 13, 2009 San Jose Earthquakes Fred Mendoza[93] Seattle Public Stadium Authority (Qwest Field) chairman
June 17, 2009 D.C. United Sue Bird & Swin Cash[94] WNBA Seattle Storm team
June 28, 2009 Colorado Rapids Lorenzo Romar[95] UW Men's Basketball coach
July 11, 2009 Houston Dynamo Doug Andreassen Washington Youth Soccer President
July 18, 2009 Chelsea Dale Chihuly[96] Glass artist, creator of the sculpture presented to friendly opponents
July 25, 2009 Chicago Fire Mike Ryan[97] First U.S. women's national soccer team coach
August 5, 2009 FC Barcelona Bill Russell[98] NBA Hall of Famer and Seattle resident
August 20, 2009 New England Revolution John Nordstrom[99] NASL Sounders co-founder
August 29, 2009 Toronto FC Michelle Akers[100] Former US Women's National Team striker
September 19, 2009 Chivas USA Alan Hinton[101] Former coach of NASL Sounders

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